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Newcastle United should be more ambitious, like Everton, some say, I don’t disagree, but…

2 months ago
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Newcastle United finished the season 12th, 17 points clear of relegation, after a torrid rollercoaster 38 game ride of the season that never was.

When the 19/20 season was paused there was only one target to be achieved, survival until normality of some sort resumed.

Not a great target but an essential one; to come out out the COVID break still in the PL and with the club’s finances intact was my target for the club. It hasn’t been pretty but we achieved it.

The 2020/21 season started with a decent looking crop of incoming players and a reasonable start to the season.

However, the loss of ASM for a long period coupled with other absentees, exposed how thin the squad really
was and an appalling run of results followed.

I have to admit I feared the worst when we dropped to 17th. Bad play and bad management was rife.

Incredibly, we secured a fantastic loan signing who transformed our season. At the time I did not know the lad nor had even realised he had played in the FA Cup game against Newcastle and expected him just to be a fill in.

Joe Willock, man of the season.

Not exactly welcomed with open arms by many fans, many of whom said we should have got Maitland-Niles and signing Willock showed a lack of ambition.

A regular commenter on The Mag’s commenting section went as far as…’So basically he’s sh.t! Should fit
in well then.’

Thankfully, Joe rose above this welcome and with a great attitude and sensible use we got much more than we could have dreamed of.

If he can come back I’d be delighted. His arrival also showed how far the Longstaffs have to go if they are to be PL players in the future, maybe they have learned a lesson and will spend more time working hard on their game to improve, rather than listening to their agent.

I’m not denying the majority of the season was been poor, the two Brighton games and the Sheff Utd and Palace games are some of the worst I’ve seen. I can excuse on off day but the Brighton away made me question the attitude of all of the players.

We need strengthening and should finish higher than 12th next season in what is becoming an increasingly poor league.

Newcastle United should be more ambitious, like Everton, some say, I don’t disagree, but let’s look at where £500m over 5 years got them. 10th.

Clubs are already creaking under the financial pressure of over spending and COVID; look at the rash of managers suddenly moving on when the owners have given them the budget or lack of for next season.

Wolves are the first to show open signs of distress.

Like it or not we will be under the same ownership and manager next season.

Frankly, I don’t see the point of continuing the endless Bruce is rubbish articles that appear on a daily basis. Telling us over and over again is simply lazy. We finished 12th, it’s in the records, no one will care about anything else.

Next season, the Newcastle United squad will be roughly the same with hopefully a few new faces and a bit more depth. We should easily finish in the top 10, nothing else would be acceptable.

Finally, even though we disagree on many things, be it ownership, managers or players, one thing we must do next season is not disagree on our over arching love and support for NUFC.

Too many times this season, especially towards the end when a good finish was possible, contributors resorted to vile, petty and personal abuse, singling out and directed at a few people with different
opinions.

Just to be clear, if there is more than one other person with differing views to you, it doesn’t mean they are the same person under different names, it means there is a broader range of opinion than you are prepared to accept exist. Try a counter argument rather than childish abuse.

The Mag was and should be for all not just a few.

I look forward to August when hopefully we can safely go back into the ground and witness 90 minutes of enjoyable football.

After the last 15 months I wish everyone a great summer and look forward to 21/22 season.

HTL.

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